Gaston Community Action, Inc. (GCA) is a private non-profit corporation structured in accordance with standards and
requirements of the federal Economic Opportunity Act of 1964 and
amendments and duly chartered by the State of North Carolina to operate
anti-poverty programs on October 22, 1964.
“to stimulate a better focusing of all available local, state, private
and federal resources upon the goal of enabling low income families, and
low income individuals of all ages, in rural and urban areas, to attain
the skills, knowledge, and motivations and secure the opportunities
needed for them to become self-sufficient.”
To accomplish our
mission, funding needs were met by administering programs for various
funding sources (Italic denotes current funding sources) including North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services, United States Department of Health and Human Services, North Carolina Department of Labor, North Carolina Department of Public Instruction, United Way, Low Income Housing Development Corporation, Gaston County, Gaston and Lincoln Counties Department of Social Services, Child Care Services Association, Partnership for Children of Lincoln/Gaston Counties, Inc., Catholic Dioceses, Office
of Economic Opportunity, North Carolina Department of Natural
Resources, Community Services Administration, Department of Energy,
United States Department of Agriculture, North Carolina Governor’s
Office of Economic Opportunity, and the National Institute on Alcohol
Abuse and Alcoholism.
This Agency has continuously provided
services and advocacy in behalf of the poor and disadvantaged since its
inception and charter. Some of the programs administered include Head Start Child Development,Total Family Achievement and Homeless, Community Development,
Family Resource Center, Volunteer Income Tax Assistance, Individual Development Account, Emergency Food and Medical Assistance,
Emergency Food and Shelter, Employment Assistance, Senior Citizen’s,
Youth Counseling, Youth Recreation, Manpower Recruitment and Training,
Housing, Energy Crisis Intervention, Fuel Assistance, Garden Projects,
Information Referral, outreach programs, and adult education.
Programs presently being administered by the Agency are as follows:
Head Start Child Development Program, funded by US Department of Health and Human Services,
touches the lives of more than 650 children and their families on a
yearly basis. The children receive educational, social development,
medical, dental, vision and hearing screenings as well as other
evaluations and services pertinent to a healthy, well-rounded child.
Through parent skill building and curriculum understanding workshops,
parents are provided valuable information on their role as the primary
caregivers and educators of their children. This service is provided in
Spanish also in an effort to reach all participants.
Child and Adult Care Food Program (CACFP), funded by the US Department of Agriculture, National School Lunch Program, helps provide nutritious meals for low-income children and nutritional information to children and families we serve.
Total Family Achievement Program (TFAP), funded through pass through funds of NC Department of Health and Human Services,
from the US Department of Health and Human Services, helps families
change their lives, embodies the spirit of hope, improves communities
and provide case management along with direct provision of services that
result in job placement and family income increases.